Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum


Tim Marlow, director and CEO of London's Design Museum, chooses the best exhibitions to see this month, presented by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley

Brooklyn Museum, New York
24 January until 10 May

Kehinde Wiley, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

At The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical masterpiece, Bonaparte Crossing the Alps will be shown in New York for the very first time. It will be presented, fittingly, alongside a contemporary work which it directly inspired - Kehinde Wiley’s, Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005).

Both works depict male protagonists sat heroically on rearing horses - one an unknown black male in streetwear, embodying the unique conditions of our modern day and age, the other, the French general Napoleon. Divided by time, both men come face to face in this momentous exhibition, allowing us to question the crucial roles of race, masculinity and power within portraiture.

Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley runs at the Brooklyn Museum from 24 January until 10 May.

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